The Arab awakening: the story of the Arab national movement. by Antonius, George. Publication date Topics Middle East — History. ANTONIUS, GEORGE. The Arab Awakening: A History of the Arab National Movement. Pp. xi, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $ Show all. Mr. Antonius, Christian Arab and former government official in Palestine, has written the first comprehensive history of the Pan Arab by George Antonius.

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And the third section deals with the aftermath of the World War as it pertained to the destinies of the eastern half of the Arab world — the Arabian Peninsula and the Fertile Crescent. It was a testament to their discipline that despite arbitrary arrests and torture employed by the Turkish secret georgw, their existence remained hidden from the Turks until after the World War.

It is viewed as the foundational textbook of the history of modern Arab nationalism. Adi Greif rated it really liked it Jun 03, Other than tracing antojius birth of the Arab national movement, Antonius also argues that it was Britain that dishonoured its prior commitments to the Arabs, and instead pursued its own colonial interests at the expense of what Antonius awaekning the “true will of the people,” namely unity and independence of the would-be Arab state.

He argued that the Arab nation which consists of racial and cultural-linguistic elements was “dormant” for centuries, and that institutions established by Protestant missionaries and educators from the United States had a specific role in the renewal and “awakening” of Arabic as a national language.

But in the broad strokes, this is still an extraordinary book and well worth the time taken to read it. I was walking through my local library and I picked it up out of curiosity and the first thing that attracted me to this book was the opening note. Open Preview See a Problem? Want to Read saving….

The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement

Antonius here describes the various antnoius on the Peninsula, in Iraq, in Syria and in Palestine. Bsam rated it liked it Mar 01, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Some of his analyses are naive claiming Ibn Saud is a moderating force! It generated an ongoing debate over such issues as the origins of Arab nationalism, the significance of the Arab Revolt ofand the machinations behind the post-World War I political settlement in the Middle East. This book is more interesting as a historical document than as a book about history. It is at the very end, though, that the sympathies of awakenjng author are the most directly and the most viscerally engaged.


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Many of the predictive and admonitory aspects of the work — particularly those pertaining to Iraq and Palestine — have indeed come to pass. Perhaps most importantly, however, his work, and the conclusion in particular, is designed to voice a strong support for the Arabs of Palestine and advance an academic argument for a now-untenable one state solution.

Even as Antonius acknowledges the failures of al-Husayn and Faysal to successfully advocate for the Arab cause to the Allies or to fight effectively for it themselves, awakenibg portrayal of them is geprge deeply sympathetic, rendering them as tragic victims of their own honest and trusting natures. Jan 31, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: The narrative collapses geprge and never gets back on its feet to tie itself back to the first third.

Its temporal proximity to early developments in the movement gave the author access to individuals who had been part of organizations in the 19th century and thus his work captures stories that might have otherwise been lost, such as that of the secret Arab nationalist society of Muhammad A rated it it was ok Apr 08, In his hand was forced by the paranoid actions of Ahmed Jamal Pasha. It was with these assurances that, on June 10,the Sherif ordered his army to attack the garrison in Mecca.

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Additionally, writing prior to World War II, he provides a perspective that has only just begun to be jaded by the ongoing Palestinian crisis. After several arah of travel and research in all parts of the Arab world, the author managed to gain access to all the relevant material necessary to the writing of a book such as this – much of the material having been unavailable to other writers on the subject. I think reading this book will give a huge insight about how many of the issues in the middle east started and how somehow the middle east shaped to be what it is aakening.

Antonius’s research have been embodied in this unique story of the origins and development of the national movement from its earliest beginnings in the nineteenth century down to the post-World War I era.


He is nonetheless a gifted writer and a careful scholar, which makes his advocacy on behalf of the ordinary Arab, particularly the ordinary Arab living in Syria or Palestine, that much more pointed and potent.

Oct 30, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: The Politics of Ideas in the Middle Easted.

The Arab Awakening: The Story of the Arab National Movement by George Antonius

Jan 17, Brenden marked it as to-read. However, for all the debts of gratitude owed by the Allies — particularly Britain — to the leaders of the Arab Revolt and their supporters among the populace, their actions in the wake of the war fell stunningly short of fitting.

He shows, with love but not without a bit of chagrin, the dual tendencies of the early Arab activists to lethargy and dormancy on the one hand, and swift, inspired action on the other.

According to Antonius, American missionaries, educators and institutions played a critical role in the development of American soft power during the Edwardian era and after World War I. Instead, the Sykes-Picot Agreement, made by the European Allies completely over gsorge heads of the Arab people, was aimed at essentially turning the Arab lands into a new colonialist frontier between Britain and France. Robert Miner rated it it was amazing Nov 04, Yesha rated it really liked it Nov 17, Qntonius book was only the second time that an authoritative translation of the McMahon letters had been published.

The fruits of Mr. By the end of the 19th century, the torch of Arab nationalism had been passed to Arab intellectuals residing in Greater Syria and in Europe and to Arab officers in the Ottoman Army that formed a secret society to ultimately promote Arab nationalist interests. LPenting rated it it was amazing Oct 27, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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